Justin Boston will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut with Venturini Motorsports (VMS) on August 20th in the UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Boston, currently fifth in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship standings, will also participate in NCWTS races at Texas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and the series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Boston will drive VMS’s familiar No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota Tundra in his series debut. His team owner Billy Venturini will serve as crew chief.
“We're all stoked to head to Bristol to make our series debut,” Boston said. “ZLOOP is the presenting sponsor for the race so it gives us a little added excitement for the day. I feel really confident going in because as a team we've always ran well on the short tracks, especially the two high-banked half-miles the ARCA Series runs on, Salem and Winchester.”
Boston's biggest challenge will be transitioning from the low-slung ARCA cars to the bigger, boxier Truck Series machines.
“It's going to be interesting to see how differently they drive from one another,” he said. “The bodywork is obviously completely different, but as a driver it should be the same for me inside the car. It's just going to be learning the sight lines from the cockpit and getting the feel of how close you can run to the other trucks out there. If this race is anything like the ARCA races at Salem and Winchester I expect it will get really physical so I'll need to know where the limits are.”
Despite the obvious challenges, with a familiar voice on the radio Boston expects the transition into the Truck will go smoothly.
“It's awesome to have Billy on the pit box for this race,” he said. “He knows what I look for in the ARCA car and he'll really help get me up to speed in the truck too. His experience as a driver helps relate to the feedback I give. It's great to have that chemistry with your crew chief. He almost knows what I am going to say before I say it, and that's going to be huge as we try to adjust to a new type of racecar, a new track, and a new racing series.”
Although widely known for their success in ARCA, VMS has competed in all three national ranks of NASCAR (Sprint Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World Truck Series) during their storied 32-year history with owner and driver Bill Venturini and most recently in 2013 with John Wes Townley in the Nationwide Series.
“This is a great opportunity for our team to showcase our ability to compete at the next level. We’re extremely excited to carry on our relationship with Justin (Boston) and his sponsor ZLOOP,” said Billy Venturini, co-owner of Venturini Motorsports. “Expanding our organization’s efforts into the NASCAR Truck series has been a total team effort and a chance to build our future. We’re grateful to our partners for giving us the chance to achieve our goals.”
Overseeing Justin’s career development during the last two seasons, Billy Venturini is confident the duo will find success.
“Justin and I have worked closely together in the ARCA Series the last two years and have developed a strong relationship. I have a ton of confidence in his ability and believe our chemistry will translate into further success on the track at the next level.”
Over the years, VMS has evolved from a small, family-operated race team to become one of the premier NASCAR driver development teams in the country. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame for their years of positive contributions to the racing industry.
Practice for the UNOH 200 Presented by ZLOOP runs from 10-10:50 A.M. Eastern and 12-1:30 P.M. Eastern on Wednesday, August 20; Keystone Light Pole Qualifying is scheduled for 4:40 P.M. Eastern and the green flag on round 13 of the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season is slated for shortly after 8:30 P.M. Eastern. The race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 and broadcast live on selected affiliates of the MRN Radio network as well as Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.